I can't wait to get out to voulenteer for the steam team! I am 15 years old and live about half an hour from Union in Sycamore, Illinois and am a member of the Northern Illinois Steam Power Club. Our main goal is to preserve and operate steam agricultural equipment and such. I voulenteer there on a regular basis. I am fireman on an Erie type A steam shovel and on the clubs 1916 steam traction engine. I have already gone to a steam school in Edgerton, Wisconsin, and have helped several other steamers restore their engines over the past few years.
I am eager to learn more about steam locomotives, as I realize the're a bit more work than a steam tractor! I hope to be out there and get greasy and sooty as soon as I turn 18! Thanks for keeping a good documentation on the locomotive's restoragtion progress!